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May. 2nd, 2016

fic rec

sg_fignewton

May reccers

Many thanks to eivac, librarychick_94, mific, morena_evensong, mudgems, patk, and sallynmn for all their April recs! I am happy to report that we had the recciest month of the year so far, with 25 recs. Go us! :)

Our reccers for May are:

eivac: Crossovers

mific: Tentacle Fic

morena_evensong: AU

patk: John and Rodney Friendship

I'll be around, too, making my usual random recs, as will the admins as recurrent reccers.

Reccers, you all have access and can start posting at any time. Remember that you have committed yourself to reccing at least two fics over the course of May, although of course we will be happy with more. Feel free to use the copy-and-paste template from the reccer's FAQ for your convenience.

May. 1st, 2016

don't say ka

sg_fignewton

May reccers: last call!

We had a very productive March, but only three signups for reccing in May. So while the new month's reccers already have access and can start posting, I will wait until tomorrow (Monday) to make the official announcement for May. If you want to join the list of those who are reccing at least two of their favorite stories this month, please go to this link and sign up!
broken glass Sheppard

patk

"The Quantity of a Whole" by melagan (Teen And Up Audiences)

Show: SGA
Rec Category: Team
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: slash
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: melagan
Author's Website: none
Link: The Quantity of a Whole by melagan

Summary by the author:
Everyone works together when Ronon reveals his plan to destroy a Hive ship.

On AO3 the author tagged the story also with "Team as Family" - can't say it better.

Written from a great Ronon POV, we see the team through his eyes - melagan does an *awesome* job with that. And I love how Ronon is shown matching the background we know from the show: as a member of his homeworld force with knowledge according to his former rank and function. This story would also very well match the "Ronon"-category, but since team plays such a big role in it, the story fits the "Team"-category as well. This could easily have been an episode.

Since it's an SGA-Reverse-Bang-story you should not forget to follow the link on AO3 to the great artwork that inspired the story.



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stargate icon

mific

On the Road To Come What May (by rhymer23) (T)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Outsider POV
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, OMCs, OFCs
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: rhymer23
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: On the Road To Come What May on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: I'm slipping this one in as it's still April 30th in some parts of the globe :). But I couldn't end a rec-series on Outsider POV without one by rhymer23, who's written some great outsider POV stories. This one is a novel-length epic, and a riveting action/adventure and hurt/comfort tale about the team, on a mission-gone-wrong. It's told entirely through a series of OMCs and OFCs from that world, and is a really great read.

Author's Summary:  It started with a strange vessel crashing down from the sky. Then three strangers appeared in a decaying city, willing to risk everything to rescue an imprisoned friend. For those caught up in the adventures of these four, nothing will ever be the same again. (Team adventure seen through the eyes of original characters.)

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Apr. 30th, 2016

eating

mudgems

To Patch With Gold by UnabashedBird (Teen)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Daniel/Vala
Characters: Daniel, Vala, Sam, Cam, Teal'c
Categories: Het, Angst, Episode Related, Canon Divergence
Warnings: References to rape/non-con
Author on LJ: unabashedbird
Link: To Patch With Gold

Why This Must Be Read: Because it's so perfectly, brokenly them. It's Vala vulnerable and hurting and strong. It's Daniel pissy and lonely and fighting this thing with everything he has. UnabashedBird takes some of those moments from canon that could have blossomed, that could have sparked into something a little bit more with just a nudge and a tweak, then lets the whole thing take off mid-way through the last season and tames the rest to dance to her tune. I'm a sucker for believable 'this is how they could have got it together' fic, and this one is masterful.

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Apr. 29th, 2016

broken glass Sheppard

patk

"Table Set for Four" by Domenika Marzione (no rating given)

Show: SGA
Rec Category: Team
Characters: Elizabeth Weir, Radek Zelenka, Halling, in absentia: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex
Pairings: none
Categories: gen
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: miss_porcupine
On DW she's "domarzione"
Author's Website: The DMZ
Link: Table Set for Four by Domenika Marzione

Summary by the author:
After The Lost Boys, Sheppard's team is gone, but not forgotten. [Completed 10 October 2005 for the Food &
Buildings challenge]

The missing team members and the holes their disappearance left seen through the eyes of other people.
Creative, insightful and in places oddly touching.

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Ronon

mific

Tea and Sympathy (by sabinelagrande) (T)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Outsider POV
Characters: John Sheppard, Ronon Dex,
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: slash and friendship
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: sabinelagrande
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Tea and Sympathy on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: This one isn't very outsidery, because it's Ronon's take as an (alien) friend, on John and Rodney's relationship. And yet it is outsider POV, because in not very many words, sabine manages to tell us a hell of a lot about Satedan culture and Atlantis culture, and how Atlantis - and John and Rodney - have weathered the ending of DADT. This fic is also great because it's funny - Sheppard bitching about Rodney is a hoot, and Ronon is the best non-listening listener ever. It always makes me laugh.

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Apr. 27th, 2016

aithusa

morena_evensong

But For The One by PhoenixE (G)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Alternate Universe
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Sam Carter, Catherine Langford, General Hammond, Danial Jackson
Pairings: Jack O'Neill/Sam Carter, pre-Jack O'Neill/Daniel Jackson
Categories: Het, pre-slash
Warnings: some Sam-bashing (from Jack's POV in the context of a failing relationship)
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author's Website: JD Divas profile, Area 52 profile or The Alpha Gate profile
Link: on JD-Divas or The Alpha Gate

Why This Must Be Read: I seriously cannot believe this story has not been recced here! Or maybe it has, just not in this category. If there's any Jack/Daniel fan out there who hasn't read this story yet, you really, really should. While originally written as a sort of preview for a much longer story (that will sadly probably never get written at this point), it stands on its own quite nicely.

There are a lot of stories out there that deal with the idea of an alternate universe where Daniel didn't join the Stargate Program when Doctor Langford tried to recruit him. Heck, the show itself has done it a few times. PhoenixE has taken this pretext and gone with a different approach than most people, who assume that somehow Sam and her crew would've eventually figured out how to work the gate even if it took them longer to do so. If you're interested in her actual thought process, PhoenixE says it best herself in her extra-long author's note. And so we start this story with a failing Portal Command and a failing relationship between Colonel Jack O'Neill and Doctor Samantha Carter -- if you're a fan of the pairing you might want to skip this story, although to be clear Sam isn't actually being vilified here as such.

Enough talk. This is an interesting look at a 'what if' scenario, told from Jack's point of view with all the sarcastic inner dialogue you'd expect from the guy. Also, it's Phoenix E.

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Apr. 26th, 2016

aithusa

morena_evensong

Splinters and Stones by Perryvic and Zaganthi (NC-17)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Alternate Universe
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Carson Beckett, Radek Zelenka, Acustus Kolya, SG-1
Pairings: Rodney McKay/Carson Beckett, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard/Carson Beckett, John Sheppard/Others
Categories: Slash, AU, Distopia, Hurt/Comfort, Angst, pre-Atlantis
Warnings: Dub-con, Non-con, Violence, Angst, Slavery
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author's Website: Caffiends user profile
Link: Splinters and Stones or on AO3.

Why This Must Be Read: This story is an amazing bit of world-building. I truly appreciate an alternate universe story where the author doesn't waste the first several paragraphs explaining the world the story takes place in. Perryvic and Zaganthi throw their reader into this vastly different, distopian world and let the story and character interactions do the explaining for them. There's also just something very fascinating about the timeline Perryvic and Zaganthi chose for this story, which begins part-way through the SG1 episode "48 Hours" and then continues into Rodney's exile in Siberia. Except that he doesn't go alone. And Acustus Kolya is Russian.

If you like a good dark, distopian fic, then go read this one.
radek 3, stargate 21

sallymn

Our Great Divide, by Mar Komi (PG)

Our Great Divide, by Mar Komi (PG)
Show: SGA
Rec Category: Radek Zelenka
Characters: Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagen
Pairing: none
Het/Slash/Gen: Gen

Link: , or on FFnet

Why this must be read:

Hurt-comfort is definitely one of my guilty pleasures :) especially when the hurtee is one of my favourite characters, and this is really really good hurt-comfort. And alien bacteria/diseases can make for particularly satisyng hurt... this time poor Radek is the victim, slowly dying despite the efforts of three doctors (it's S5, so we have Keller, Carson (yay!!!) and the from-S1-but-extremely-memorable Biro). The reactions of all of the characters are lovely, (I loved Teyla's part) but especially, of course, his fellow scientist not-about-to-admit-it-for-a-moment friend and fierce, arrogant bulldog Rodney... another of my less guilty pleasures being the Radek and Rodney relationship, and the fact that, for all their bitching and bickering, they have a connection that the others don't get, Rodney understands what Radek would want in a way that non-scientists can't

Zelenka just tilted. He knocked over a coffee cart as he fell, and a tray and six empty mugs went crashing to the floor with him. John was on his feet in a nanosecond, but Ronon was closer and even faster. He lunged forward and caught the Czech just in time to prevent his head from hitting the floor.

The room fell dead quiet for a moment, then everybody got to their feet to have a closer look. Ronon turned Radek around and cradled him in his arms, and as John stepped up beside them the Satedan looked up at him. "He's burning."

John tapped his earpiece. "Medical team to the conference room."

"It'll be faster to just bring him there," Ronon said. He scooped Zelenka up into his arms and staggered to his feet. Radek didn't even make a sound as he was carried out of the room.

John looked at McKay. The Canadian stood in the exact same position as he had before, still looking shocked and confused. His eyes were glued to the door Ronon had just disappeared through and for several moments he didn't move. Then he seemed to realize that everyone was looking at him and he pulled his eyes away from the door and let them drift across the room until they finally came to a rest at John. "I didn't..."


There's also a lovely little sequel, Underneath, about the fallout from the first story.

Apr. 25th, 2016


eivac

Keys to Pegasus by Hermionetobe (mature)

Show: SGA/Buffy

Rec Category: Crossover
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan, Dawn Summer (Buffy)
Pairings: Ronon Dex/Dawn Summer
Categories: Gen, Crossover
Warnings: Angst, Violence
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author's Website: Hermionetobe at TthFanfic.org
Link: Keys to Pegasus

Why This Must Be Read: Dawn Summer is being dumped in another galaxy with no warning what so ever. After spending a LONG time alone (& growing up in the process), she encounters SGA as they exit into her new world's stargate.

This is the second of a 5 story series although I have to admit the first story didn't add any value to the overall arc so you can skip that if you want.

But doesn't change the fact that it is exciting and fun for the most part. It has drama, romance, action, and humor mixed in. An enjoyable, epic time of reading!

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jonas fic

sg_fignewton

May reccers: volunteer post

This entry will be open to volunteers through April 30th. The official list of monthly reccers will be posted on Sunday.

Comment with the username you'll be using to rec and the category you want, choosing a category from the list below or selecting a more rare category that has been used in the past. If you want to rec a category that is not on the list below or in the community memories, feel free to ask. Remember that you may volunteer for a category that isn't listed.

By signing up, you are committing yourself to reccing at least two (preferably four) stories in that category during the month of May. April reccers may only sign up for next month after posting their minimum two recs for this month. The FAQ and rec template, with detailed instructions, can be found here.

You must be a member of stargateficrec in order to post, so if you're a new reccer, be sure to join the community.

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Remember: first come, first claimed.

Apr. 21st, 2016

sam jack genfic

sg_fignewton

The Stars Have Gone to Bed and So Must I, by Pepper (G)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Sam and Jack friendship
Characters: Samantha Carter, Jack O'Neill
Categories:gen, humor
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: pepper_field
Author's Website: PepperF at AO3
Link: The Stars Have Gone to Bed and So Must I

Why This Must Be Read: This is pure, adorable, gen fluff. Sam comes to Jack's rescue in a rather dizzying situation. Absolutely guaranteed to make you smile!


"Sir, it's okay, really," she persisted. "The stars are – are just fine. They're really hard to destroy. And I should know," she added, with a smile.
AR1 team

mific

Suburban consumption rituals (by Torch) (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Outsider POV
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, alien OCs
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: flambeau
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Suburban consumption rituals on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: This is as "outsider" as Outsider POV ever gets - a truly alien POV of AR-1 on a mission gone very badly wrong. It's funny, strange, and rather alarming from our perspective (but ultimately all's well). Rodney may never be able to contemplate cats again without a shudder - or not alien almost-cats, anyway. Torch's writing is brilliant, as ever.

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Apr. 20th, 2016

teal'c

sg_fignewton

In Battle's Fury, Silence, by Skieswideopen (PG)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Teal'c
Characters: Teal'c
Categories: gen, pre-series, angst, character study
Warnings: Jaffa battles; slight reference to Teal'c/Drey'auc
Author on LJ: skieswideopen
Author's Website: Skieswideopen at AO3
Link: In Battle's Fury, Silence (The Pale Battalions Remix)

Why This Must Be Read: Powerful and painful, this is a stark, vivid painting of Teal'c's life as First Prime to Apophis. Canon tells us that Teal'c's rejection of the Goa'uld was a long, struggling process; this bleak character study is another step along the way.


There was nothing remarkable about the battle. Nothing at all.
teamy goodness

sg_fignewton

Hive Virus, by Havocthecat (PG)

Show: SG-1/SGA

Rec Category: Team
Characters: Samantha Carter, Teal'c, Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill, Elizabeth Weir
Categories: gen, humor, awesomeness, crossover
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: havocthecat
Author's Website: havocthecat at AO3
Link: Hive Virus

Why This Must Be Read: Classic SG-1 team being awesome in Atlantis!

...What, you need more?

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Apr. 19th, 2016


librarychick_94

844,739 Ways to Eat a Hamburger by minervacat (R)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: John/Rodney
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagen, Ronon Dex, original characters
Pairings: Sheppard/McKay
Categories: Slash
Warnings: Well, it might make you hungry.
Author on LJ: minervacat
Author's Website: When the Floods Roll Back
Link: Here at the website Here at LJ

Why This Must Be Read: Think Team. On a road trip from Denver to Washington D.C.. Why a road trip? Because they couldn't fly due to an issue with Ronon and knives. The humor is a little different and I mean that as a high compliment. While rereading this story and looking for snippets of fic to post, I kept giggling. If you love the team (with a little side of John/Rodney) and enjoy humor and/or road trip fics, give this one a try. It makes me laugh every time I read it.

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librarychick_94

Durb is Not a Word by Mific (Explicit)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: John/Rodney
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Pairings: McKay/Sheppard
Categories: Slash
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: mific
Author's Website: Mific on AO3
Link: Durb is Not a Word

Why This Must Be Read: The snark, the humor and the boys. Oh, and Scrabble played with intent. The art she created for it is a bonus. This story has the (dubious?) distinction of being the first story I ever podficced! I just couldn't resist the snark and word play.

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aithusa

morena_evensong

The Hard Prayer by Rheanna27 (PG-13)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Alternate Universe
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard
Pairings: McKay/Sheppard
Categories: Slash, Apocafic, Drama, Angst, Cannon AU
Warnings: Dead bodies, Angst, PTSD
Author on LJ: rheanna27
Author's Website: Unknown (Note: there is a website link on the author's LJ. DO NOT click on it. The domain's been taken over by some spam site that's a pain to get back from.)
Link: The Hard Prayer

Why This Must Be Read: This is one of those stories that feels so real you can practically taste the hopelessness in the back of your throat. Rheanna27's language is that evocative and the premise and characters that well thought-through, right down to the neurosis each develops as a result of their circumstances. The apocalypse here wasn't anything violent -- there are no zombies or atomic bombs or giant storms to give people something to fight -- which gives the story a very eerie feeling.

Author's summary: A year after the end of the world, John meets another survivor.

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teamy goodness

sg_fignewton

Five Things That May Never Happen To SG-1, by Selenay (PG)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Five Things
Characters: team
Categories: drama, angst, AU, apocafic
Warnings: AU deaths, etc.
Author on LJ: [personal profile] selenay
Author's Website: Selenay at AO3
Link: Five Things That May Never Happen To SG-1

Why This Must Be Read: From apocafic to happy endings to disasters on- and off-world, here are five different AUs that could have happened to classic SG-1.

Apr. 17th, 2016

aithusa

morena_evensong

The Refuge by Leesa Perrie and Jayne Perry (PG-13)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Alternate Universe
Characters: Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Team
Pairings: Rodney/Ronon friendship
Categories: Gen, Cannon AU
Warnings: Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Author on LJ: leesa_perrie
Author's Website: Leesa Perrie's Fanfiction
Link: Here

Why This Must Be Read: This story is an alternate re-telling of the season 2 episodes 'The Runner' and 'The Epiphany' told with two very distinct changes: one, it's Rodney instead of John who gets stuck inside the time dilation field and two, the village inside the field is abandoned. Well, mostly abandoned. There might be this scary-looking guy with dreads hanging out there too.

Like everything Leesa Perrie and Janye Perry write, this story is well-written and engaging, and combining the two episodes together makes for an interesting plot mix. I have a weakness for stories that highlight the odd friendship/respect/fondness that Rodney and Ronon have for each other and this story shows the development of this unlikely friendship from a different-than-usual angle. This story is definitely worth reading!

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Apr. 16th, 2016

stargate icon

mific

The Matchmaker (by lavvyan) (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Outsider POV
Characters: OMC, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, OMC/OFC
Categories: slash (eventually) - and a hint of OC het at the end
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: lavvyan
Author's Website: See Lavvyan's AO3, and Livejournal
Link: The Matchmaker on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: This is another sort of Outsider POV - one where a complete stranger to us, the young man Nelan who's on the cusp of adulthood, tells the story. It's a beautifully written tale of Rodney who's been lost to the team for some time and has had to make a niche for himself in an alien culture where he creates specialised trinkets for sale. Despite the sad premise, the ending, seen through Nelan's eyes, is especially poignant and always makes me sniffle happily.

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Apr. 13th, 2016

stargate 11, radek

sallymn

Those Who Can't Teach by wneleh (G)

Show: SGA
Rec Category: Radek Zelenka
Characters: Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay
Pairing: none
Het/Slash/Gen: Gen
Warning: Tag/spoilers for 'Identity', S5
Author on LJ: wneleh
Author's Website on FFnet: here
Link: On LJ
Why this must be read:

A lovely pure dialogue piece between my absolute favourite (and I suspect I'm not alone) geek double act, Radek and Rodney :) The voices are spot on, the snark is hysterical, and the joyous idea of them comparing notes of when they were teaching... it never fails to make me laugh.

"When you win your Nobel, I will tell people of the time you tinkered with a project I was in the middle of, and cut power to a third of the city, and I had to sneak out of the infirmary and walk several miles uphill because the transporters were out to see what you had done. And they will buy me drinks."

"It wasn't an important third."

"Yes, true."

"And it wasn't uphill."

"They will not know this."

"And you were fine until you tried to reach for the phase relay and tore all your stitches."

"I will leave that part out. Unless you think it will get me more drinks…"

Apr. 11th, 2016


librarychick_94

Bang by rageprufrock (explicit)

Show:SGA

Rec Category: John/Rodney
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, original character
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: Slash
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: rageprufrock
Author's Website: See her AO3
Link: Bang

Why This Must Be Read: Because it is hilarious, sweet and caring (or at least Rodney's version of caring). And did I mention hilarious? I'm not sure how many times I've read it and it makes me giggle every time. Plus it has hurt/comfort, which makes me happy. Pru's characterizations of John and Rodney are wonderful and I could so see this happening as written. There is a podfic available, read by the author. It can be found here.

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Apr. 9th, 2016

Peeking

mific

Enlightenment (Luthien) (T)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Outsider POV
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: slash
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: luthien
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Enlightenment on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: I really like outsider-POV stories for the fresh perspective and insights they bring. There are different sorts of outsider-POV fics (friend/colleague's POV on a pairing, stranger's POV on characters we know well, new arrival's first impressions of Atlantis and her people, etc.) This one has well-known central characters rather than a stranger's POV, but it's the word "outsider" that's crucial here, as Elizabeth processes an accidental discovery about John and Rodney. This is an interesting and thoughtful fic, as much about Elizabeth's situation as John and Rodney's, and the characterizations are great.

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